Applying for Admission to the Master's Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Wisconsin Economics master's program must:

  • Complete the following undergraduate coursework (except in unusual circumstances)
    • One semester of introductory microeconomics
    • One semester of introductory macroeconomics
    • One semester of intermediate microeconomics
    • Total of three semesters of calculus and linear algebra
  •  Take the GRE examination
  • Take the TOEFL examination (required only if you are a non-native English Speaker). In most cases, students required to take the test must achieve a score of 92 or better.

Timing of Admissions Process

Timing for the admissions process for the master's program is:

  • March 1: Deadline to apply for admission to the upcoming fall semester
  • April 15: Students notified by the university of admission decision
  • May 15: Students notify the university of their intention to attend

How to Apply to the Master's Program

Step 1: Complete the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate school online electronic application. Information on completing the application, fees, and the process is available on the graduate school website. After you submit the graduate school application you will receive an email with your identification (ID) number. Save this email message for future reference. You will need your ID number to monitor your application via the university's OASIS online application system. If you do not receive the email from the graduate school after five days, check your spam / junk email folder. If the email is not there, contact the graduate school at

Step 2: Submit the following documents required for the Economics Supplemental Application, which is available through the graduate school online electronic application. Please note that all uploaded documents need to first be converted to PDF format. (To do so, select 'print' and then choose 'PDF' as the printer.)

  • Statement of Purpose
  • All transcripts from the universities or colleges you have attended: Please scan all transcripts from all your degree-granting institutions and any other institution where you have been enrolled and upload the pdf file(s) to your application. The transcript uploaded must match the official transcript and there should be no changes or edits made to it.

One official transcript or academic record is required from each degree-granting institution you attended for all undergraduate and graduate courses you have taken. Do not upload any high school transcripts. Transcripts must be uploaded by March 1st.

International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Your school should provide an official translation of your documents; otherwise have a translation done by your school or an official translator. In some countries, these people are also notaries. Do not submit an evaluation from a credential evaluation service in lieu of a translation.

  • Math Preparation Form: Please complete the Math Preparation form. Complete either the PDF version or Word version of the document. If you complete the form in Word, save the document as a PDF file. Upload the completed document; the file must be in PDF file format.
  • Writing Sample: All applicants must submit a writing sample in English. The writing sample can be a research paper or an article demonstrating your ability to do research and present your research in written form. Please upload your writing sample in PDF file format.
  • Resume/CV: All applicants must submit a resume or CV in English. Please upload your resume/CV in PDF file format.

Step 3: Provide three letters of recommendation. Letters must be submitted electronically by your references no later than March 1st. Please instruct your references to not send any paper-based letters by mail.

Step 4: Arrange for ETS to send your TOEFL scores or IELTS (if required) and GRE scores to the Graduate School.

  • Note that GMAT scores will not be accepted in place of GRE scores. The UW-Madison Department of Economics' institutional and department code is 1846.
  • It is very important you use the same name and spelling on the application as you used on the test form to avoid any delay in adding scores to your file.
  • The format of your date of birth is very important too. Please use the month/day/year (mm/dd/yyyy) format to avoid delays.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are accepted if the test is taken within two years of the start of the admission term. GRE scores are accepted if the test is taken within five years of the start of the admission term.

Note: More information regarding the TOEFL requirement, the online application, fees, and Graduate School frequently asked questions (FAQs) is available at the Graduate School admissions page.

All application materials must be submitted no later than March 1, 2018.


Refer first to the economics master's program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have additional questions, please contact us at Department of Economics, William H. Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Room 7470, Madison, WI 53706-1393; or by emailing the Master's Program Advisor.